If you have
a personal or family problem that affects your ability to
participate in your Welfare to Work activity we can provide
counseling or therapy to help you work through and resolve those
issues. We have qualified on-site substance abuse
counselors, mental health therapists, domestic abuse
specialists, and social workers who can help you deal with an
immediate crisis or meet with you in individual sessions.
between one and four million men and women in the U.S. are
victims of some type of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is
when one person in a relationship tries to control the other
person. The perpetrator uses fear and intimidation and may
threaten to use or may actually use physical violence.
Physical abuse (domestic violence)
- Physical abuse
ranges from restraining to murder and can include pushing,
throwing, kicking, pinching, biting, slapping, grabbing,
hitting, choking, shaking, tripping, blocking, using
weapons, burning, and murder.
Verbal or non-verbal abuse
- Verbal or
non-verbal abuse involves psychological, mental, and
emotional control by threatening, destroying property,
hitting objects, yelling, name-calling, harassment,
embarrassing or making fun of someone, possessiveness,
blaming, making the person feel that there is no way out.
Sexual abuse - Sexual abuse is closely linked to
physical abuse and may occur together or after physical
abuse by forcing someone to participate in unwanted, unsafe,
or degrading sexual activity, ridiculing another person to
try to limit their sexuality or reproductive choices,
forcing someone to look at pornography, or forcing someone
to participate in pornographic film-making.
Stalking or cyber-stalking
- Stalking is
unpredictable and should always be considered dangerous.
It is harassment through repeated phone calls, following,
tracking, searching for someone, suddenly showing up where
the person is, sending emails, communicating in chat rooms,
text-messaging, monitoring phone calls, contacting family
and friends, damaging someone's home, car, or other
Economic abuse or financial abuse
- Economic or
financial abuse is used to control someone by withholding
money and credit cards, stealing from the person,
withholding resources such as food, clothes, medication, or
shelter, or preventing the person from working.
Spiritual abuse - Spiritual abuse is used to
manipulate someone by preventing the person from practicing
their religious or spiritual beliefs, ridiculing the person's beliefs, or forcing the children to reared in a
faith that the person has not agreed to.
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Can I Get Help for Domestic Violence?
need help immediately, call 911.
want to talk to someone or learn more about how you can stop
the cycle of violence, call:
you take a drink, then the drink takes you."
- F. Scott
to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), a
project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
million Americans (7.9%) aged 12 and older currently are
current illicit drug users
million people aged 12 or older received treatment for
substance or alcohol use
million Americans (50.3%) aged 12 and older are
current alcohol drinkers
million (22.8%) are classified as binge drinkers (five or
more drinks on one occasion)
million were under-age drinkers (aged 12
million aged 12 and older drove under the influence at least
once in the 12 months prior to the interview
are alarming statistics. This phenomenon is prevalent in
our society today and you may be one of the millions in America
who are faced with or live with someone who is abusing drugs
and/or alcohol. There is hope - if drugs or alcohol are
preventing you from participating in activities in your Welfare
to Work Plan we can provide you with treatment and counseling
services free of charge.
understand this is an awesome undertaking for you and we may
allow participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program to
be your only activity for six months while you get clean and
sober. After that we can introduce other Welfare to Work
activities in conjunction with your ongoing maintenance program
that will continue to move you toward recovery.
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Where Can I Get Help for Substance Use?
You are not
alone - we have highly qualified and licensed counselors and
therapists on-site who can help you on your road to recovery.
Call your WTW worker for a referral today.
There are also many government and community resources that can
help you regain control of your life:
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Good mental health is key to success in the workplace and life
in general. Most families are not equipped or prepared to
deal with mental health problems and it can be emotionally and
physically draining to the entire family. That is why we
have made it a priority to offer you the counseling and support
you and your family needs to cope and recover from a mental
illness. We also feel it is equally important to practice
good mental health techniques. Our distinguished team of
licensed counselors and therapists are qualified and dedicated
to helping on your road to good mental health.
What's Your Mental Health I.Q.?
this short true/false quiz compiled by the National Mental
Health Association and have some fun challenging your mental
1. T / F -
Regular exercise can greatly reduce symptoms of depression and
T / F
- People who have schizophrenia don't usually
recover from the disorder.
T / F
- Depression is a normal part of aging.
T / F
- People who have mental disorders are more
dangerous than people in the general population.
T / F
- One in five Americans experiences a mental
health disorder in any given year, but only one-third seek care
due to the stigma and misperceptions surrounding mental
disorders and their treatment.
1. True -
Believe it or not, 60% of people with such disorders
significantly reduced their symptoms with regular exercise
so get out there and start walking, biking, golfing or
anything else you like
2. False -
Up to two-thirds of people who are diagnosed with
schizophrenia actually recover significantly and some
3. False -
Depression is not a normal part of aging. You don't have to
"grin and bear it".
4. False -
This misperception is commonly distorted by the
media. People who have mental disorders are no more
likely to be dangerous than people without disorders.
5. True -
Sadly, people often let shame prevent them from
seeking help. Mental illness is real and treatable.
No one should let stigma stand in the way of getting help.
to mental health staff, there are many other resources for you. To learn more about mental illness or to seek
help, call your WTW worker or visit:
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